It’s true that scars are an unavoidable part of having cosmetic surgery, but we have good news! With most procedures, your scars will be camouflaged by your natural body contours or easy to hide beneath a bathing suit. Plus, there are a number of easy things you can do to help your scars heal as inconspicuously as possible.
- Choose an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon.
A skilled plastic surgeon will take care to place incisions as inconspicuously as possible. You can get an idea of how your scars might look by studying your surgeon’s before & after photos.
- Take it easy!
It takes time for your skin to rebuild its natural support system, and putting unnecessary strain on healing incisions can result in wider scars. Follow your surgeon’s instructions for resuming activity after surgery.
- Protect your scars from the sun.
Healing skin is extra sensitive, and sun exposure can cause unprotected scars to darken. Keep the area covered and wear a full-spectrum sunscreen even after your incisions have healed. We recommend a zinc-based SPF of 30 or higher, and carry many at our medspa, Rejuvenate.
- Use a topical scar-minimizing treatment.
We recommend the silicone-based cream Biocorneum, or silicone sheeting. You must be diligent about applying/wearing these regularly for several months. Biocorneum is available for purchase at our office.
While everyone heals a little differently after surgery—genetics, skin tone, and the location of the incisions also influence scarring—being proactive about scar care after cosmetic surgery gives you the best odds of having scars that are easy to hide and hard to see.
Want more info about reducing plastic surgery scars? Contact us! We’ll be happy to answer your questions at a consultation with one of our surgeons.